some DPP PU noms: from S to A+ Probably a very controversial nom, but I feel it has its merit. Rhydon is a great pokemon offensively- it's very hard to switch into, it can set up the valuable Stealth Rocks, it checks the omnipresent Muk, and it has viable options for sweeping both defensive and offensive teams with Swords Dance and Rock Polish respectively. Yet, while it is such a great attacker, it is becoming increasingly hard to keep alive as the meta gets faster and more offensive. Almost everything that Rhydon traditionally checks is very capable of running HP grass, and its poor speed tier leaves it easily outsped and OHKO'd by most pokemon because nearly everything that is capable of speedcreeping it does. Overall the meta does not give it a lot of breathing room at the moment. from A+ to S Muk is better than everything in A+ by a significant margin. Not only that, it is one of the pokemon that you absolutely need to prepare for on every team. Even if you have something like Rhydon or Metang to counter the Curse set, it can still put in work because it checks every non-Psychic type special attacker in the metagame and an wear them down over the course of the game with hazards. Furthermore, Muk can easily carry moves to lure its checks and counters, such as Giga Drain, Fire Blast, and Payback, and paired with pokemon like Lickilicky or Gastrodon it has incredible resilience over the course of the game. While Muk definitely has its flaws, it is meta-defining enough to be put in S. to A- Psychic-type pokemon are very good right now. These two may not be quite as good as Kadabra maybe, but they are very useful pokemon and splashable on teams. Mr. Mime is possibly the best Choice Scarf user in the tier, providing great coverage and speed tier, as well as either Healing Wish or Trick support. Its nice special bulk can also be very useful for pivoting into pokemon like Poliwrath. Nasty Plot sets are also ridiculous vs. common defensive cores like Muk + Rhydon + Poliwrath. Xatu is a very cool offensive threat that does not get enough usage. Its immunity to ground, grass resistance, and access to Roost gives it a deceptive amount of switch-in opportunities, and possessing Heat Wave means it can beat certain Psychic-type checks like Metang easily. Xatu's Calm Mind set is also pretty strong right now, especially since it can overwhelm Sableye and other pokemon who rely on status to beat it (Synchronize). Life Orb sets can run Tailwind which is great paired with mons like Rhydon and LO Monferno. to A+ Two of the best walls at the moment. Both of these pokemon check or counter the majority of the tier, and are getting more popular for good reason. Lickilicky is an amazing special wall who relies on you hitting Focus Blasts to beat it, and is actually capable of checking plenty of physical attackers as well. It is also one of the few pokemon in the tier who can viably support the team with Heal Bell, although running Toxic or Power Whip is probably a better option. Gastrodon is perhaps the most common mixed tank in the meta, and it will check pretty much everything without grass-type coverage and even most grass types are annoyed by Toxic on the switch. Being able to beat the two most prominent pokemon in the meta with ease- Poliwrath and Muk, is also an incredible benefit. from C+ to B+ I love this pokemon right now. It's a great tank that can 1v1 and even switch into a lot of pokemon with its great bulk, such as Poliwrath, Golbat, and Sableye. Thunderbolt is very spammable in this metagame since the only prominent resists can be easily taken out by Hidden Power Grass, and you can easily speedcreep for Rhydon and everything slower than it. I've been using a set of Thunderbolt / HP Grass / Focus Blast / Signal Beam with Magnet and having a lot of fun, because almost nothing switches in. You can also run Choice Specs of course, or Leftovers, and Heal Bell is great in the last slot as well because of how few pokemon learn it. While it appears to be outclassed by Electabuzz, after using it this is simply is not the case. Electabuzz is much faster, but Ampharos is a lot stronger, especially when running a Modest nature, and it has much much better bulk. from C+ to B It's a good alternative to Poliwrath. Takes on slightly different threats (for example checking Golduck much better and can check Psychic-types), but it retains Poliwrath's good speed tier and overall bulk. Nothing special but a better mon than a C+ ranking would indicate. Encore + 3 attacks is pretty annoying just as it is in ORAS PU. from Unranked to C+ Banette isn't great, but it's still a cool pokemon that's usable for offensive teams. It has the strongest reliable priority in the tier, which is always cool, and it is a pretty good wallbreaker with Life Orb. Shadow Claw resists are sparse in this tier and Will-o-Wisp annoys most of them. Speed tier is also pretty nice as it gets the jump on most Poliwrath and everything below. Of course, it has pretty much zero defensive capabilities and really isn't all that strong, but I think it is good enough for a rank. from Unranked to C- Curse + White Herb with Simple has a niche on hyper offense teams. It can set up on some more common pokemon like Rhydon and Muk, and go to work with its perfect coverage of Waterfall/Return, and Quick Attack can also clean up weakened Electabuzz/Kadabra/etc. Of course, being weak to Vacuum Wave sucks and it is extremely reliant on a weakish Quick Attack to sweep so I don't think it should go any higher. from B to C- I've tried this mon a few times because it is cute, but honestly it isn't worth running. Color Change is certainly cool, but Lickilicky is just better. It's much bulkier, especially physically, can support the team with Heal Bell and Wish, and it is even more threatening offensively. from A- to B+ I really like this pokemon, but the metagame isn't kind to it right now. Being walled by Poliwrath and Gastrodon just sucks, no matter its other positive traits, because these pokemon are on just about every balanced team currently. from A to A- Good mon, but I think the defensive set struggles a bit much for an A-ranking after the meta moved on from just running slow bulky cores. Because of how hard it is to remove Stealth Rocks, it is very easy to pressure with Roost and quick to lose momentum. When you think about it, the only prominent pokemon it can consistently switch into are grass-types (still scared of Sleep Powder!), and a few defensive mons like Gastrodon and Muk.